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Roanoke Criminal Attorney

Roanoke Criminal Attorney

Roanoke Criminal Defense Attorneys

Facing criminal charges in Virginia can be overwhelming. You may be unfamiliar with Virginia’s court process, not sure where to turn for help, or confused about your charge and possible penalties, while in the background the prosecution is building a case to prove your guilt. We want to help. At the law firm of Copenhaver, Ellett and Derrico, it is our goal to minimize the potential consequences of a criminal charge and help you move on with your life. Our law firm has been helping people who have been charged with crimes in the Roanoke area for over 50 years.

As criminal defense attorneys, we meet people as they are going through one of the most stressful situations that they’ll ever face. Situations of stress tend to create pretty strong emotions, and we understand that. The first thing we do with our clients is try to demystify the legal system and eliminate anxiety they might have about what lies ahead of them. Because of this approach, our clients tell us on a regular basis how much they appreciate the way that we walk them through each stage of their case in a detailed, step by step manner. It’s incredibly important that both parties understand where the case currently stands, the next step in the process and expectations moving forward. This level of communication goes a long way in providing peace of mind for those we represent.

In order to provide the best for our clients, we believe in being very accessible. If you become a client of ours, we make every effort to be available when you need us, and we will treat your time with respect. We are diligent when it comes to returning all phone calls. If we miss a call from you, you’ll hear back from us as soon as we’re available.

While communication and accessibility are important, they are no substitute for experience and proven courtroom success. Our attorneys, Michelle Derrico and Rick Derrico, are in court nearly every day defending people in a variety of criminal and traffic cases. Our wealth of experience in defending a wide range of criminal and traffic cases is what allows us to ask the right questions so that we fully understand your case and potential penalties. While it is our experience in General District Court, Circuit Court, and United States District Court that allows us to understand how the prosecution will approach your case and how to craft a defense strategy that will help protect your freedoms.

If you have found yourself charged with a crime and aren’t sure where to turn, give us a call. We can discuss the details of your case, the penalties you could be facing, and the options you have to improve your situation. An experienced Roanoke criminal attorney can give you the representation you need.

Roanoke Criminal Defense Attorneys

If you have recently been charged with an offense or if you are being investigated for a crime in southwest Virginia, you might be asking yourself:

  • Do I need a lawyer?
  • Will I have to go to jail, or are there any alternatives?
  • Do I have to show up in court?

We know that facing criminal charges can be overwhelming. We can help. Copenhaver, Ellett & Derrico is a Roanoke criminal defense law firm, and we have been helping people who have been charged with crimes for over 50 years. Our goal is to minimize the potential consequences of a criminal charge and help you move on with your life. Call us today at for a free consultation.